Jun 28
Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins

I need to start this review by caveating that I don’t think I was in the right mood for this particular kind of book. As boarding school meets fantasy books go, this certainly wasn’t bad, but it just came off as bland to me, and I honestly just wanted to finish it and get it over with. I found it overall to be predictable and slow. And even though there was this great mystery to be solved, the main character really wasn’t involved in it until she was just coincidentally given all of the information she needed. While that’s a… Read more »

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Jun 27
Audiobooks Have Made Me a Forgiving “Reader” [Monday Morning Musings]

Audiobooks Have Made Me a Forgiving “Reader” [Monday Morning Musings]

I’m a HUGE proponent of audiobooks in general. I was extremely reticent at first, and they took me a while to really get on-board with, but now I can’t imagine going more than a day or two without listening to a book. Sometimes I actually have to FORCE myself to not download the next book to listen to just so that I can actually sit down and finish a “real” book. Mostly, I love that I can multi-task with audiobooks. Otherwise I would NEVER get chores done (it’s rare enough that I actually complete them as it is, much to… Read more »

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Jun 23
[Review & Giveaway] How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

[Review & Giveaway] How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | IndieBound | Goodreads I’d like to start by sharing the caveat that this book is SO not my normal genre that I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy it before I started reading. There’s no magic, no supernatural creatures, no folklore or mythology — none of the usual tropes that get me wanting to stick it out with a book (what can I say? I tend to stick with what I trust already). This book was a LOT of fun. The first thing that struck me was the strength of the two… Read more »

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Jun 21
REREAD: Kushiel’s Chosen (Kushiel’s Legacy #2) by Jacqueline Carey

REREAD: Kushiel’s Chosen (Kushiel’s Legacy #2) by Jacqueline Carey

I’m not going to write a particularly lengthy or in-depth review of this book, simply because so much of what I put in my review of the first book in the series, Kushiel’s Dart, still holds true here. But I will add some color/commentary specific to my thoughts on this book, as opposed to the series as a whole. Read my review of Kushiel’s Dart (Kushiel’s Legacy #1) by Jacqueline Carey I’ll start with my thoughts related to this being a reread for me. As with Kushiel’s Dart, I first read this book almost a decade ago, so it’s been a… Read more »

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Jun 20
Why I Burn Out on “The Neverending Series” [Monday Morning Musings]

Why I Burn Out on “The Neverending Series” [Monday Morning Musings]

  There are a few series that I have absolutely fallen in love with … and not long later I fall out of love. And it’s one of the saddest things because I still love the world and the characters and the author’s writing/imagination. I just … well, I get burnt out. One of the things that I absolutely LOVE about series-reads is the macro-plot, which is something I talk about a LOT around here. The individual book plots are great too, but I love seeing how every event contributes to the big picture, and trying to keep track of… Read more »

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Jun 16
Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer

Not a fan. That’s not to say that the stories in this collection weren’t cute/enjoyable. They just … Didn’t do much for me. This is a collection of a bunch of short stories that take place in the world of the Lunar Chronicles, most of which are either back-stories around the main characters or stories that take place after Winter in order to wrap up some not-loose-ends. Unfortunately, none of them really added value, with the possible exception of the last one. Most of the stories fleshed out some past scenarios that we’d already learned about from the main books… Read more »

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Jun 16
Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian #7) by Diana Rowland

Vengeance of the Demon (Kara Gillian #7) by Diana Rowland

I am really starting to struggle with this series. The books are still great, and the macro-plot is actually still pretty engaging, but I’m really having a difficult time convincing myself I want to go through the trouble of dealing with the individual book plots. I really want to know what happens in the grand scheme of things, but the book-by-book pacing is lagging for me, and bits and pieces are starting to feel … well, repetitive isn’t quite the right word, but it’s the best I can think of. Honestly? I don’t really have much else the say. The… Read more »

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Jun 14
Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) by Charlaine Harris

While interesting in general, I can’t say that I really overmuch cared for this book. It was … well, it was just objectively interesting, and otherwise I found it to be rather bland. The biggest struggle for me has got to be that the entire book was written from a third person limited perspective, but that the perspective itself bounced from character to character — sometimes with little to no transition at all. And it was written in such an objective tone, that between the perspective shifts and the general narrative voice, I just had a really tough time deciding to… Read more »

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Jun 13
New Release Tracking: How do YOU do it? [Monday Morning Musings]

New Release Tracking: How do YOU do it? [Monday Morning Musings]

  I used to be incredibly OCD about tracking when new books from my favorite authors were going to be released. I had a spreadsheet saved on my computer that listed every series I had ever deemed “worthy” to go on the list, and I’d update it roughly monthly with release date information of whichever book was coming out next. (I don’t even remember WHERE I found the release date information — this was long before Goodreads).  This meticulously maintained list served two purposes: It told me when it was time to head to the bookstore, if I didn’t already… Read more »

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Jun 09
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I must admit that in spite of hearing so many good things about this book, I was really quite skeptical going into it. In all honesty, it took me a while to really enjoy the book, and I’m not sure if that’s because I was so determined not to like it, or if it’s because something about it truly didn’t sit well with me. Overall, the concept is interesting, though on the surface it feels rather cliche. The society is divided into two primary classes: the reds and the silvers, based on what color their blood is. The reds are regular, ordinary… Read more »

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